Christian Wicca is a syncretism of Christianity and Wicca. Christian Wiccans adhere to the polytheistic nature religion known as Wicca and profess belief in the teachings of Jesus. Christian Wicca is a particular denomination of the system of beliefs known as Christo-paganism. Common elements transplanted from Wicca include reincarnation and fertility; however, the key points of the divinity of Jehovah, Christ, and the Holy Spirit are retained from Christianity, often with a renewed emphasis on the latter two. The combination of two religions traditionally considered at odds with each other is frequently criticized by those who are members of only one.
A significant set of issues within Christian Wicca, and between Christian Wiccans and other Christians, are the details of Christology, interpretation of the Bible and the nature of the Trinity. According to historic Christian doctrine, held by the majority of Christian movements and churches, God is personified as one indivisible God in a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Even so, God is referred to as a "Seven-Fold Spirit" in the book of Revelations, alluding to other, yet-unknown aspects of God. For some, Mother Earth was commonly viewed as the Goddess of common Wicca in past eras, however this is changing as more Christian Wiccans become aware that Christ himself called the Church to be his Bride, and therefore His Goddess. Because of this, Christo-Wiccans see themselves as The Goddess, while other Wiccans worship a Goddess outside themselves.
Because of their Goddess status, Christo-Wiccans believe they have great responsibility toward Christ their Bridegroom, one another, the people of the earth, and the natural world, because as Goddess beneath their God, it is the duty of Christo-Wiccans to serve and care for the creation given to them by their Bridegroom God while awaiting the consummation of what Wiccans refer to as The Great Marriage, and Traditional Christians term "The Marriage Supper of the Lamb - a future wedding festival specifically set for believers in Christ and Christ himself - or the uniting of God and Goddess in eternity. The earth is seen by Christo-Wiccans as the temporary home which Christ has given to his Bride and Goddess to care for the spiritual children that are born into the family of Christ, which is cared for by his Bride. Spiritual Children are created whenever a an individual embraces Faith in Christ, and this is an especially important event in Christo-Wicca.
In Christian Wicca the Holy Spirit is feminine, and thus may be regarded as the Great Mother Goddess, as spoken of in traditional Christian thought. Many even take it farther, saying the Holy Spirit was embodied in the person of the Virgin Mary. Other Biblical passages believed to refer to the Holy Spirit as Goddess include the "Wisdom" character of the Book of Proverbs (see also the Gnostic concept of "Sophia"), the Bride of the Song of Solomon, and the female figures depicted in the Book of Revelation.
Other Christian Wiccans dispense with complex Trinitarian arguments, and simply believe that Mother Earth and God are one and the same. This is a controversial concept in Christianity. (Leonardo Boff is a Roman Catholic theologian who has argued for the divine nature of the Earth, and was summarily dismissed from the priesthood.) Some worship the holy Goddess as Shekinah, or the radiance of God, an originally Jewish concept. A related concept used as a name for the Goddess is Matronit. Another of her names is the Greek goddess-name Sophia (literally meaning 'wisdom') or the Latin equivalent Sapienta. These beliefs depend on how closely the individual reads, studies and interprets the Biblical Scriptures, and what they gain from studying the original languages from which modern translations are derived.
Another Christian Wiccan position is to embrace Mary as a goddess-figure, and Jesus Christ as their god-figure. Sometimes this 'Mary' is not the Virgin Mary of the Bible, and mother of Jesus, but Mary Magdalene or Mary of Bethany. According to traditions recounted in the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail, one of these women was said to be the wife of Jesus. Many also see evidence of a romantic link between Mary Magdalene and Jesus in the Nag Hammâdi Gnostic Scriptures. This is, however, not obvious. (There is no direct reference to her being his wife, for instance; also the scripture that reads that Jesus "loved to kiss her on the..." is missing a portion of the document, and therefore does not designate where Jesus kissed Mary - one could assume that he kissed her in a romantic way, but more likely, he kissed her on the cheek, a common way to kiss a disciple in antiquity, and a means which had no romantic innuendo whatsoever. This type of kiss is mentioned in the New Testament as "a Holy Kiss".) Another common practice of not only Christian Wiccans but simply Christian mystics is to embrace the idea of a Holy Quaternity. Most of the time this will include the God-the-Father and feminine Holy Spirit, but also will include Jesus as their Son God and Mary Magdalene or the Gnostic Sophia as their Daughter Goddess, or a worship of both a male and female trinity (Holy Trinity and Trinosophia).
The most common objection to Christian Wicca are the direct objections to witchcraft found in the Old Testament, particularly in Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. A common counter argument is that the term "witch" is a loose translation of the terminology used in the original Hebrew, which was more specific in its implications. As with other aspects of Christian Wicca, wide disparities exist in the arguments used to reconcile these injunctions with Wiccan practice. However, common elements generally agreed upon include:
Further, there is strong evidence in Christian and Jewish scholarship, that in antiquity, Christians and Jews were known to practice magic as a means to their religion. Coptic texts written in very early Christianity, discussed in such books as "Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power" by Marvin W. Meyer and Richard Smith- , demonstrate that early Christians were very knowledgable in using magic as part of medical and prayer type therapies. The Ancient Jews were also known to practice magic as part of their religion, as studied in and written about in books right out of highly honored Universities, such as Cambridge. See "Ancient Jewish Magic - A History" by Gideon Bohak, Cambridge University Press - These forms of magic were not heretical to the religion in question. These religions later ceased from using such disciplines which were once part of the faith, because later religious leaders interpreted the term witchcraft differently than earlier scholars of the faith had.
More controversial arguments used against the anti-witch provisions include:
One symbol used in Christian Wicca is the Crucifix with the word God across the horizontal 'beam' and the word goddess down the vertical. Another common motif is a Celtic cross, with the pentagram of Wicca inscribed in the circle about the cross.
Another symbol is the Egyptian Ankh, which is a cross-shaped symbol that means resurrection and life. The same meaning applies to the Christian crucifix where Christ died and was resurrected.
The pentagram or five pointed star was once used as a symbol for the crucified Christ, whose head, hands and feet received puncture wounds from his crucifixion. When crucifixion was a mode of execution in the First Century, individuals related to the deceased often kept the nails from the execution as powerful magical amulets, if the Romans did not get to them first and recycle them for another execution - this explains why few nails from the Crucifixion era exist; the Pentagram symbol also decorates modern Christmas Trees and is symbolic of the traditional Christmas Star of Bethlehem leading the Pagan-Zoroastrian Priest/astrologers to visit the baby Jesus. In the New Testament the number five is usually affiliated with the concepta of Grace - an undeserved gift from God to mankind.
A common practice in Christian Wicca is to associate archangels with the elements and/or the called quarters. Four, five, or seven archangels are used; the names they are given vary, but include the names mentioned in the Scriptures and the Apocrypha: Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael and or Uriel. Many of these associations were later used by associations teaching Christian Kabballah and Christian ceremonial magic, such as how the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn associated Gabriel with water, Michael with fire, Raphael with air, and Auriel with earth. All symbols on the Wiccan Altar have Christian meaning, for example - the double edged sword or athema is described in the Bible as God's word of Scripture - this symbol is depicted in the Book of Revelation as coming out of the mouth of Jesus when he returns as a Warrior against all evil; The chalice of wine and bread/cakes are a common communion symbol in Christian churches and represent the body and blood of Jesus Christ, while in Wicca they represent the coming together of the Goddess and the God. Because Jesus Christ has called his Church of Believers his Bride, the Wiccan symbolism ties in well with Christianity: While Wiccans insert the athema into the Chalice to represent the coming together of the Goddess and God, Christianity may embrace and build on this theme using the sword/athema to represent Christ's word, which is expected to enter the believer-Bride/Goddess of Christ; The blood of Christ represented by the Chalice, is taken into the body and soul of a Christian as is the bread representing his body. Christ's word and his blood and body are therefore inside the believer, represented by the Chalice. In Christianity, the purpose for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God in the believer is to symbolically "empregnate" the believer with immortality via God's word and his immortal blood, and assist them in sharing this immortality and new life/birth with other potential believers. The Virgin Mary is a symbol of this concept because the Holy Spirit "overshadowed" her and she became miraculously pregnant with the body of the Messiah who was God incarnate on the earth. Therefore the sexual innuendos of Wicca are transcended in Christianity and Christo-Wicca to a higher spirituality where the spirit is born through a coming together of Jesus the God, and his Goddess-Bride - the believer - to yield new and immortal life in a new believer. The five elements on the alter of Wicca may also have Christian and Christo-Wiccan meanings - salt is mentioned in the Bible as a ritual purifier; Water represents new birth; Fire represents the spirit of God upon a believer; earth represents what mankind is made from and to which he will return; and air represents the breath of God that animates all living things such as when God breathed life into Adam. Almost all Wiccan Symbols have Biblical counterparts. Further many Wiccans have explained that their feelings of "Drawing Down the Moon - (a term that means to bring into the Wiccan the spirit of the Highest Divine/Goddess), is similar to what Christians describe as the "Indwelling of the Holy Spirit" - a time when Christians feel that the Spirit of the Highest Divine is within them. In Christo-Wicca the themes from the two religions combine beautifully so that Drawing down the Highest Divine (God) causes the believer to literally 'become' the Goddess-Bride of Christ and absorb that divinity and immortality from him - a process called Theosis in the early church and a doctrine still taught in Orthodox Christianity. Most Christo-Wiccan home groups function much like a Wiccan Coven or a Christian Bible Study Home Group - there is a time for worship, a time when prayers/spells are requested, and a time when the worship service is concluded and attendees enjoy light refreshments. Christo-Wiccans may cast a circle of sacred space, protect it by calling Biblical angels or personages to protect the circle, teach and pray inside the circle and then close the circle by taking the power of Christ with them, for example by reciting St. Patrick's Breastplateat the closing of the circle. Christo-Wiccans may keep both holiday cycles, and even add in the seven Hebraic Festivals celebrated by Jesus Christ in first century Israel In this way, Christo-Wiccans have more opportunity to meet than do Traditional Christians or Wiccans. There is no one set correct way to "be" a Christo-Wiccan, even though many web sights now purport that their method is the only correct way, and that adherents are not Christ-Wiccan unless they believe or do certain things. The main and most simplistic focus for Christo-Wicca is to adhere to the Bible as God's inerrant word, and teach it using the organizational framework of a Wiccan meeting, such as casting and closing a circle to begin and end a meeting, calling quarters to protect the meeting, celebrating on Solstices and Equinoxes, and/or Esbats (full/new moons) for study and fellowship. In Christo-Wicca the Celtic or European heritage is emphasized as a culture, the organization of the meetings is done in Wiccan Style, but the teachings focus largely on Judeo-Christian belief and interpretation, and anything studied or learned must first and foremost agree with the Bible on some level. Christo-Wiccans do not worship deities, they descend from them through Noah, as explained in the Genesis 5-8 account, which is further explained in the Book of Enoch, a book that has been relegated to Gnosticism but was embraced by Jesus and many other New Testament writers. Therefore deities from any pantheon are viewed as equals by Christo-Wiccans who are part of that pantheon, not subserviant to it. They are ancestors and as such, may be allowed by God to help us or pray for us, but are not worshipped by human beings. As such all who worship Christ will be made "a little higher than the angels" when believers eventually are "deified" (currently called "glorified" in many churches) through theosis.
Enoch for whom the Book of Enoch is written. In it the fall of Lucifer with his angel-followers is described - they become the "Watchers" or demons. The other Angels remain in their position as Sons of God. The Watchers intermarry mankind and produce a demonic race of mankind leading up to the flood. God permits certain of his Sons of God to correct this by intermarrying with mankind to give man back his desire for God - and mankind is effected genetically toward good by these Sons of God. The end of the Book of Enoch describes Noah's birth as an cross-breed between the good Angels and good mortals - he becomes the ancestor of all other human beings on earth. As Noah's descendents divide over the earth, only the sons of Shem (the Semites) record their history and experiences with God in the Bible. The descendents of the other sons can not do so for they are far removed from the Semitic Peoples, but their experiences with Christ-like deities are recorded in what has been relegated to "pagan myth". The New Testament teaches that "Christ did so many things that if written down the whole world could not contain all the books". This verse is used to demonstrate that Christ must have appeared to many ancient cultures around the world. So Christ-Wiccans study mythology for it's spiritual history, seeking Christ's appearance in all cultures; Noah - a pagan who heard God's voice and did as instructed, building a huge ship even though his Pagan community mocked him for doing so; Abraham - a pagan from Babylon who left behind Idol worship to receive God's blessings; Moses - a baby believed by the Egyptians to be given to an Egyptian Princess by the Nile River God, making his "birth" a type of virgin birth to that Princess from a god of Egypt, and his Egyptian birth story mimics the Egyptian story of Isis, Osirus and Horus, as well as containing elements that are similar to the story of Jesus' birth, death and Resurrection. Moses was regarded by the Hebrews as their kin, and through a voice that came from a burning bush, Moses was called to serve the Biblical God and leave behind his position of power as a Pharaoh in Egypt. Many believe that Moses may have been Akhenaten, the first Ruler in Egypt to institute monotheism, and who eventually left Egypt with his followers to dwell in the Sinai Desert after facing opposition; The Three Kings - they were really Zorastrian Priests who used astrology and dream interpretation among other forms of knowledge to locate and visit Christ. They are currently buried at the Cathedral in Cologne, Germany; Luke a New Testament Writer is often thought to be a Greek Pagan physician who converted to Christianity and wrote one of the most important books in the faith, the Gospel of Luke. Some of the first Christian Churches built in Europe were in response to British Druids who recognized foundational aspects of their own faith inside the new message of Christianity - an ancient text reflects a Druid Prophecy about the coming of the tonsured-headed priests to Britain with this new faith, and therefore they accepted it and made quick change of their meeting houses into Christian Churches.
Christianity is therefore a religion that calls upon the Pagan community through supernatural means; Pagans respond to the message of God because they take the supernatural seriously. Therefore Christianity is a fluid social group and religion that sees people of many religious origins come into the faith in order to do the will of the Highest Divine. By demonstrating that Pagans have a position of great importance to the God of the Bible in Jewish and Christian scripture, the Pagan world is invited to make their spiritual home inside Christian faith and practice - Christo-Wicca is a perfect place for them today, offering a transition which is natural for them and deeply spiritual. In antiquity, the Pagans who dared to heed the call of God did not have set doctrines to follow - instead they listened to the supernatural voice of God and did as they were directed without changing their lifestyle except as God directed them. Christian Wicca therefore could be viewed as the oldest religion where the Biblical God calls Pagans forth in order to obey God and receive supernatural abilities as given to them by God.
Many Christian Wiccans consider prayer and witchcraft to be two similar or identical practices because prayer may be a form of sympathetic magic, where a request is made after a physical model is designed in the physical form in order to display to the divine what is wanted by the asker. Others believe that priests are actually performing witchcraft when they are in service, but that their actions are called by another term. There have been comparisons made between the Christian method of prayer and the Wiccan tradition of magic (prayer being defined as "passive magic" and spells as "active magic"). the only problem with the term "spell" is that it is Norse in origin, and as such, literally means "curse". However, when most Wiccans, Christian or otherwise, use a spell, it is to heal, bless, or fix a problem of some kind. However, Christianity is full of Patriarchs who both bless and curse, depending on the commandments of God, and do so by extending their hand outward towards their target, just as wizards do.
When one looks at the Carmina Gadelica (collected by Alexander Carmmichael), this is rooted in a Christian background, but mixes prayers, blessings and invocations and charms together - more than likely from European and Celtic influences - and includes, for example, a Beltane blessing. This is because as the faith of Christianity spread through Europe, it absorbed the other ideas of other communities that were similar to itself. These things are not necessarily in conflict with Traditional Christianity or to Christian Wicca.
The Bible Scriptures give mankind the means to heal both spiritual and physical sicknesses using the miraculous healing power of Jesus Christ and also by the use of herbs. This means that herbs may be used both as medication for wellness via tinctures, salves, etc., as well as symbolically for spiritually healing, by being burned in incense censors, as described in the Book of Revelation of St. John. Jesus himself used mud and spit to heal a man of blindness: Distance Healing/Healing Touch - Luke 9: 2, 6, 11, 42 2 And he (Jesus) sent them (His Disciples) to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. 6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where. 11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing. 42 And as he (Jesus) was yet a coming, the devil threw him (a demon possessed person) down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.
Distance Healing/Healing Touch - Matt. 8: 7-8, 13, 16 7 And Jesus saith unto him (a Roman Soldier), I will come and heal him (the Soldier's child). 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. 16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
Distance Healing/Healing Touch - Luke 6: 7, 17-19 7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him. 17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
Distance Healing/Healing Touch - Luke 8: 2, 36, 43, 47 2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed. 43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, (and Jesus healed her without his knowledge) 47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
Use of Herbs for health and healing - Genesis 1: 29 - 30 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for ameat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for ameat: and it was so.
Herbs used to help in the spiritual and physical life of humanity - Isa. 26: 19 19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.
Herbs and leaves are for healing of large social problems as well as for individual problems - Rev. 22: 2 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Herbs are used in incense when offering prayers by Angels - Rev 8:3-4 3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
Water/spit and earth/minerals used to heal physical problems previously incurable - John 9: 6 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay..." (and the blind man was subsequently healed by this action).
Jesus shares his power to heal and give eternal life with his disciples, who in turn, share it with other believers - Luke 9:1 When Jesus had called the twelve (disciples) together he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and cure diseases, and sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and heal the sick."
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
Many Christian sites use the "signs in the heavens" to help them determine events leading to the End of the World as predicted in the Book of Revelation.
Christian Wiccans may celebrate the faith based on a combination of both Christianity and Wicca, or emphasize one more heavily than the other. Most will consider their own home as a place where their own spiritual sacred space is recognized, and will perform worship of God by any number of formal or informal rituals, depending on the background from which they came, as well as what appeals to them, and also through application of what they have learned and read. Christo-Wiccans see no problem forming a spiritual circle of protection around their worship space, and believe that it represents the endlessness of God, who has no beginning and no ending. Christo-Wiccans may cast a circle of sacred space representing God's endlessness, "call quarters" - asking three, four or more guardians listed in the Biblical Scriptures to protect the circle (such as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, any description of Biblical Angels, prophets, saints, or even the horsemen of the Apocalypse to protect the circle. A Christo-Wiccan Altar contains symbolic objects that have meaning in both the Bible and Wicca - for example salt is mentioned in the Bible as something used for purification. Light represents the Holy Spirit, earth represents man's body, incense carries prayer into the presence of God via Spirit, and so forth. An Athema, or double-edged sword is mentioned in the Bible specifically as God's word, the scriptures, and also indicates Jesus, the "Word made flesh". Herbs are used for the "healing of the nations", water represents water immersion - a sign of repentance, and lot casting was used in the Bible since the time of the Tabernacle in the Desert when the "urim and thummim" a lot casting system, was used by the priests to determine God's will for the Tribes. The simplest Christo-Wiccan circle includes casting the circle, calling for Biblical Guardians to protect it, drawing down the moon - the Holy Spirit - into the group and the leader, listening to a reading from the Bible, a lesson about the reading, active and passive prayer (prayer crafting and casting which is equivalent to spell crafting and casting), and drawing in the protection of the circle so the members can take that protection with them during the week or month. A social including food follows. Some groups wear normal clothing, while others ask for a designated attire, such as long white robes indicating the priesthood of the believer.
Many Christian Wiccans hold beliefs remarkably similar to other Wiccans or Pagans. They may embrace reincarnation of spiritually important individuals because Jesus' cousin John the Baptist is believed to have once been Elijah returned to finish his mission, part of which was to introduce the Messiah. Reincarnation remains an uncommon topic in mainstream Christian thought, but the Bible supports reincarnation of unsaved/non-believers in Christ so that they may return to have another chance to believe in Jesus and be saved. This explains why so many people in the non-Christian world and some Christians report past-life memories. Those who do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah may receive another chance to live and believe. This is referenced in verses that teach that "the Lord is longsuffering/patient so that none will be lost" (2 Pet. 3: 9, 15) (emphasis on 'none' indicates that no one will be separated from God); Biblical timing which states that in the eyes of God "a day is as a thousand years" (2 Pet. 3: 8), meaning that one lifetime for man is not even one day for God, yet mankind is given many "days" by God (Job 14: 1, 14), or lifetimes; and the Biblical teaching that the "Second Death" (Rev. 20: 6, 14) or death of the soul has not yet occurred. These scriptures and many like them help bring understanding to those who feel they have lived a past life, and they also give a reason for the past life - to not only learn from their mistakes, but more importantly to avoid the biggest mistake - rejecting the Biblical God and his Messiah through an act of repentance. Therefore reincarnation is a vehicle God uses to bring those who have rejected him in a past life or past lives into the grace of Salvation, allowing them extra lives to realize that God and his message given through the Bible are true. Each life an unsaved person lives brings them ever closer to embracing Jesus before the Second Death, the death of the Soul, finally occurs and no chances are left. Those who come to faith in Christ break free from the recycling process and cease to be reincarnated - they become immortal through the doctrine of theosis. Those wishing to return to earth after their immortality do so in the manner of Elijah the Prophet when he returned as John the Baptist - to selflessly work for God to bring others to a knowledge of his Messiah and salvation. The belief in reincarnation usually includes a stop at the Summerlands, associated either with Purgatory - a place to be cleansed of wrong, or Heaven - a place of rest and peace. It may also include a belief in such magical and spiritual beings as fairies, elves, dragons, Elementals, ascended masters, or others - all spiritual teachers. These beings are equal to Biblical angels (or even demons for those who have rejected Christ), and are mentioned in the Book of Enoch (a gnostic text once held as part of the New Testament by first century Christians, but thrown out by later denominations). In the Book of Enoch, fallen angels who followed Lucifer in rebellion against God are referred to as The Watchers or "Children of Heaven", while the term "Sons of God" refers to the angels who kept their "first estate" or position before God in obedience to him. All mankind is invited to become one of the Sons of God beneath Jesus the Messiah (John 1: 12, 18, 34, 49, 51). The Bible, in many places refers to the Sons of God as angels and divinized human beings who are "a little higher than the angels" (I Corinthians 6:2-3, we read: "Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels?") and never uses the term "Sons of God" to refer to evil beings. Instead, evil spiritual entities and negative energy is referred to as devils and demons, or "The Watchers". Occasionally, individuals who have experienced death and were brought back from consciousness report that they were pulled into or tricked into following dark spirits into Hell, but reported that calling out for Jesus Christ helped them to narrowly escape the clutches of such evil and discomfort.
A more New Age belief, that every human being has a divine spark in their soul or spirit, can be matched up with the Biblical story of Noah, who is believed by many Christo-Wiccans, to have an angelic genealogy, for Genesis 5-8 states that the "Sons of God" (Good Angels) saw the women of earth were beautiful and married them...their offspring became the "Heroes of Old, the Men of Renown". These Good Angels may have been permitted to do this to combat Lucifer's instructions to "The Watchers" - the Fallen Angels - to intermarry with mankind in order to instill within man a genetic desire for sin and wrong, called by the church the "Sin Nature". Noah was and is a man who was descended from the "Sons of God" because scripture tells us that the offspring of the "Sons of God" and the women of earth became "Heroes of Old/Men of Renown" and Noah was just such a man, a hero of old and a man of renown. Therefore, the narrative tells us in an indirect way that Noah is a product of angelic heritage. Because of his divine heritage and the fact that we all descend from Noah, Christo-Wiccans believe that all of humanity has this same good angelic heritage, and therefore have access to supernatural and divine powers, which are 'turned on' by faith in Christ, who promised that his followers would be endowed with supernatural spiritual gifts, and have similar powers to what he displayed while he was on earth. His apostles display examples of such supernatural powers in the Book of Acts, and much of the New Testament encourages the development and use of Spiritual Gifts and the Fruits of the Spirit.
Ancestor worship and a divine pantheon is a Pagan/Neo-Pagan/Wiccan belief that also finds an explanation in the Bible in the story of Noah, who had a wife, sons and daughters-in-law - all who lived on a mountaintop with the Ark as their temple-home, and who all purportedly had supernatural powers based on the experience defined in the Biblical story. When their offspring eventually resided in the valley beneath, no doubt these individuals would have remembered Noah and his family, worshiping them as a pantheon of gods and goddesses in order to remain connected to Noah. After the languages were divided in the Tower of Babel story, Noah's descendants forgot that they were descendants of these gods and goddesses and therefore their equals, who were invited to worship God with them instead of worshiping them as divinely above mankind. Some angels depicted in the New Testament refuse worship from those they visit. When the languages changed, the original pantheon of Noah's family naturally took on different names, but their duties remained similar - hence pantheon systems world wide have similar deities who have different names. Most pantheon systems depict a father and mother deity, several son and daughter deities, as well as memorializing the times when angelic-type beings produced offspring with mankind. Pantheon systems around the world also display the pantheon residing in a temple on either a mountain top or an island, both reflecting different portions of Noah's flood history, and many offer a story about a rainbow, and an ideal society - all which can be traced back to the Noahide history. This is the Christo-Wiccan reasoning behind the Pantheon system. Therefore Christo-Wiccans do not worship a pantheon of divinities, but consider themselves one of them, descendants of them and co-worshipers of God with them. In this way, these divinities in all their forms, function much like saints, however they have more supernatural powers, and are allowed to use them to help mankind with God's permission.
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